This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. Over photos in all -- more than twice the number in the previous edition - Single-column format for greater readability and a contemporary look - Improved maps 21 and charts 39 Building on the features that have made Christianity Through the Centuries an indispensable text, the author not only explains the development of doctrines, movements, and institutions, but also gives attention to "the impact of Christianity on its times and to the mark of the times on Christianity. The page volume gives the reader an overview of the people, events, movements, doctrines, and cultures that sometimes shaped the church and that the church often shaped. The author shares little known details Charlemagne was 7 foot tall , while presenting the broad-brush stroke of two thousand years of history.
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This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. Over photos in all -- more than twice the number in the previous edition - Single-column format for greater readability and a contemporary look - Improved maps 21 and charts 39 Building on the features that have made Christianity Through the Centuries an indispensable text, the author not only explains the development of doctrines, movements, and institutions, but also gives attention to "the impact of Christianity on its times and to the mark of the times on Christianity.
The page volume gives the reader an overview of the people, events, movements, doctrines, and cultures that sometimes shaped the church and that the church often shaped. The author shares little known details Charlemagne was 7 foot tall , while presenting the broad-brush stroke of two thousand years of history.
The book was written from a conservative, nondenominational perspective. Though the author is from the Reformed tradition, I thought the book was thoughtful, fair, and balanced.
It is easy to read and contains an abundance of pictures, photographs, maps and charts. Christianity Through the Centuries is an outstanding introductory presentation of Church history that I would heartily recommend.
Earle E. Cairns is professor emeritus at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Cairns is in process of becoming a conservative evangelical classic. Almost everyone I have talked with who has gone through a seminary or Bible College survey of Church History course has used this text in some capacity. It is very accurate and surprisingly readable.
Cairns does a great job of showing Church History in the context of world history, and the interdependencies of the two. Although a strong Christian world-view is evident, Cairns objectively analyzes various movements and events and does not bless or condemn in wholesale fashion. The purchase price is a bargain for the wealth of information and this is a keeper for the library.
I do hope that the publisher will continue to update it, as the decade which has passed since the last edition has been ripe with significant events and movements. Clear, but some mistakes and a strong bias A Customer on Jan 30, What is good about this book is its clarity and readability.
It also contains many maps and charts. Although I am myself Protestant I am ashamed of the strong calvinist bias of this book. Very little is said of the Catholic Thomas Aquinas, although he is probably the greatest philosopher and theologian of all times. Worse: the little that is said about Aquinas is false accusing him of creating a two contradictories realms of knowledge, truths, whereas it is on the contrary Aquinas who solved this problem.
The views of Augustine are also misrepresented Cairns follows the common protestant myth that Augustine believed that faith was prior to reason, p. Some Catholic major thinkers of the 20th century Maritain, Gilson are simply ignored. All what is Catholic is under- and misrepresented. Calvinists thinkers are on the contrary over-represented, and too well spoken of. Concerning Christian movements, the book contains also many mistakes e.
He never did, only joined them later; when he had become influential he created a schism and took full control of a large fraction, the "exclusive" brethren. Or for example there is no mention that the montanist heretics were charismatic.
The auithor is very too enthousiast about some charismatic ideas such as the short term growth movement of the third charismatic wave. It is a pity that he never speaks of the authentic spiritual revival happening through the work of Norman Geisler and J. Although I am also an evangelical, I must say that I find the author much too uncritical of the evangelical movement there is no mention of the scandal of the evangelical mind, and the emphasis on experiences and emotions.
Good basic survey of church history By Stillman A. Morgan on Apr 12, This book is a good introduction to the history of Christianity. Cairns was a former professor of history at Wheaton College several decades ago.
As such he writes from a conservative, evangelical perspective. The history of Christianity is shown in its broader historical context. As such, it is clearly organized with an explicit outline. The whole scope of the history of Christianity is divided and subdivided into periods; each chapter is further outlined.
Cairns can get a bit preachy in a few places. The chapters about recent history read like a descriptive lists of groups and movements rather than an analysis of the relationships between groups and broader movements, but the earlier chapters are much better. On the whole, this is the book that I would recommend to anyone who either wanted to read just one book on church history or who is beginning the study of church history.
The book is divided into 3 main periods: 1. Ancient Church History 5 B. Medieval Church History - Modern Church History and After. In all, the book contains 42 chapters roughly divded into the three periods. The writing style is interesting, easy to follow and is supported by several charts and maps. I was required to read the book for a class and thoroughly enjoyed the title and have referred to it often when teaching a Bible study lesson. An excellent source of information, I highly recommend the book.
Read and enjoy! Good introduction to a complex subject By C. Peterson on Jul 01, I learned a lot from reading this book. It filled in many gaps in my knowledge and is in general a useful book. I should point out, however, that it IS a scholarly textbook, and does not read like other books with more popular appeal Da Vinci Code, etc.
I thought many of the maps and graphs were minimally helpful, and soon skipped them entirely. I also noticed many redundancies of the information, which is part of the textbook nature of the book. Controversial issues are handled in a mostly even-handed fashion, although the author does lean towards supporting his personal views e.
I think someone who is already familiar with much of church history will not gain much from this book, but for the novice it is a good resource. I have used several excellent church histories and in my experience, Cairns is certainly among the best. Contrary to what one reviewer said, Cairns takes neither an overly Calvanistic approach to theological anthropology nor does he appear to prefer any one form of Christianity over another.
However, he does go to great lengths to present an unbiased, scholarly view of how the Holy Spirit guided church leaders and the historical developments of the church over time. I strongly recommend this book as an introduction to church history for anyone in church leadership who desires a history of the Christian church that pulls no punches and tells it like it was.
Good introdudtion to Christian history By Ansen Plopbundle on Feb 03, Cairns presents a thorough, lengthy, and succinct work in western Christian history. As some have mentioned and even complained about , Cairns writes from a conservative, nondenominational perspective. First, the very first page in the preface states his presuppositions. So, why complain about it? Second, he spends the next part of the Introduction explaining the nature of a historian and why a historian cannot be as neutral as some people would like.
The format of the book is divided into standard three part Christian history of ancient, medieval and modern eras. This is a solid introduction and I would recommend it to anyone that might be interested. There are also plenty of helpful pictures, graphs and charts that will also aide the reader in various ways, and extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter in case someone wants to do some more thorough research on their own.
The paragraph synopses focus on various periods of Christian thought, including the suffering of the martyrs, the rise of the Roman Catholic Church, and the expansion of the gospel through Christian witness - to the ends of the earth. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like a better understanding of how we got from pentecost to Joel Osteen in a two-thousand year evolution of Christianity.
The manipulated lies of people in history for their own gain. We have much work to do my brothers and sisters to keep standing firm speaking truth in love against those who are false!! Every lay person should have this book in their library of study. I highly recomend this book to all who desire to learn about our Biblical history along with some world history of the centuries. Let us grace and love as Christ did. Only faith in Christ alone does!!
Cairns does a good job presenting all the primary influences on the development of the formal church organization s as well as the informal spiritual perspectives. All viewpoints and interpretations seemed to be handled objectively i. Roman Catholic vs. Reformation "most" of the time. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five deals with the chronology. Although the book generally moves steadily through the centuries, chapter by chapter, I found the breakdown within the chapters to be more topical than chronological.
My personal preference while learning history is to move year by year, aware of all the things happening concurrently with each other. Cairns deals more topically, whether about events or historical person, so I felt like we were jumping around in time a lot making it difficult for me to keep all events in sequence.
Admittedly, this is a personal problem, but it was frustrating enough for me to subtract one star. Hope this helps. The Early Christian Church Unveiled By Sharon A Powell on Feb 18, This book was suggested to me by my university professor as additional reading for a course I was taking, Christianity and Culture, that covered the period of the early church through medieval times.
This book provides very good detail of the growth of the church, who the key players were, and what impacted it not only theologically, but also politically, historically, socially, and economically.
It does so by providing sufficient detail of the subject matter, written in clear and concise language which even a layperson can comprehend. I highly recommend it as a timeless resource in your study of Christianity. I have not completed this book, as I am reading it slowly with other books, but so far it is fulfilling the need I had for a book on the Christian church. An excellent book. As a text book is really useful to who needs to understand the church nowadays.
I recommend it to everyone willing to increase the knowledge of the roots of the Christianity, its faith and its joy. Four Stars By Rev. Tucker I mostly dislike history.
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